Jackie MacMullan: “-[Mike D’Antoni’s] about to go into the last year of his deal, and his only crime is not beating the Golden State Warriors, which puts him in great company. So how do you manage [the lack of an extension for D’Antoni]?” Warren LeGarie: “At this point, in Mike I trust – no matter what. I think Mike has proven he can coach a lot of different circumstances, so self-doubt is not one of the things that drives Mike. Right now, we are at the end of the contract, so we fulfill the contract, as it should be. At this point, Mike will coach his heart out. But a lot of times, you also have to feel you’re in an environment that supports you, that values what you do, and they don’t come up with artificial qualifications of what makes you a good coach or not.
Getting to the second round [of the playoffs] is probably a lot of teams’ dream right now. Mike has made a habit of it. Also, the number of wins. If [the Rockets] don’t value it, I will tell you, other people do.”